From Coming Soon:
"Walt Disney Pictures' Oz The Great and Powerful brought new life to a slow 2013 box office so far, earning an estimated $80.3 million domestically and $69.9 million internationally for a worldwide total of $150.2 million. The Sam Raimi-directed film marks the third-biggest domestic March release ever, trailing only the debuts of The Hunger Games ($152.5 million) and Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million)."
From the Parents Television Council:
"OZ is above all a triumph of production design. Mirroring the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (which it humorously and lovingly homages), OZ the Great and Powerful begins in Kansas in black-and-white, shifting to brilliant color once in the Land of Oz, which is portrayed as a wondrous, magic-filled place of beauty. In addition to such comedy and delightful characters as talking monkeys and singing Munchkins, OZ also contains deeper themes of both corruption and redemption – showing how individual’s choices and relationships can cause some to find their way to bettering themselves, and others to fall into evil.
Because of its positive story themes, magical sense of adventure, and magnificent production values, the Parents Television Council is proud to award OZ the Great and Powerful with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC recommends this film for viewers over age seven."
However, a NY Times review called it 'dispiriting, infuriating jumble of big money, small ideas and ugly visuals,' yet USA Today proclaimed it 'visually stunning' and 'powerfully entertaining.' Go figure.